Arguably one of the most iconic teams in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Mumbai Indians struggled to get going despite boasting of a star-studded in the early years of the tournament. The team was knocked out of the tournament in the league stages in 2008 and 2009, then came close to winning the title in 2010 before losing the final. The next two years saw them reaching the Play-off stages, but the IPL trophy was still nowhere in sight.
Their hunt for the elusive IPL title finally came to an end in 2013 when they defeated Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the summit clash. Since then, Mumbai have claimed two IPL trophies in five years to notch up joint most title wins in the history of the competition. But, last season was far from what you'd ideally expect from a three-time IPL champion like Mumbai.
With eight losses in 14 matches, Mumbai failed to reach the Play-offs with just 12 points and fifth position to show for their efforts. One of the major reasons for Mumbai's downfall last season was their middle-order whose instability was thoroughly exploited by the opposition teams. The middle-order batsmen failed to step up in crunch situations which reflected in Mumbai's majority of last-over losses last season.
But, there is nothing like learning from your mistakes and making necessary changes to avoid them in future. And, Mumbai did exactly that when they brought Yuvraj Singh at his base price of Rs 1 crore at the 2019 IPL Auctions. And, while many raised eyebrows at Yuvi's signing, Mumbai's director of operations, Zaheer Khan, believes his former teammate will have a big impact this season.March 18, 2019
"Bringing in Yuvraj in the squad has been a boost because of the match-winning ability he has. In our discussions leading up to the auctions, we had identified that we need experienced batsmen who can control the game in the middle. Since Rohit has decided to open, we need that experience in the middle order and who's better than someone like Yuvraj Singh," Zaheer revealed.March 20, 2019
With Yuvi in the fold, Mumbai will have an experienced campaigner who is more than capable of steering through the middle-order. Whether Yuvraj will be able to repay the faith shown by Mumbai in him this season or not, the Rohit Sharma-led brigade will surely be eager to make amends for the last season as they kickstart their campaign against revamped Delhi Capitals on 24th March.